Skip to main content

Grateful Dead Live at Southern Star Amphitheater on 1985-08-30

Audio Preview

Grateful Dead Live at Southern Star Amphitheater on 1985-08-30

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, CC Rider, Bird Song-> Looks Like Rain-> Deal Scarlet Begonias-> Touch Of Grey, Samson & Delilah-> Drums-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> The Wheel-> The Other One-> Morning Dew, E: Sugar Magnolia

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Southern Star Amphitheater
Location Houston, TX

Source Field: Schoeps cmc441 (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1
Lineage Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac
Taped by Oade Brothers
Transferred by Doug Oade - Darren Sacks


Field: Schoeps cmc441 (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1 Transfer: Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac via Darrin Sacks


Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2015
Subject: Wonderful Show; Amazing Recording
This is an absolutely exquisite AUD -- you want it. 5 stars and a big thank you to the Oade Bros. Outstanding work gentlemen and thank you for sharing it with us.

There are standout versions of 4 songs in this show. Row Jimmy, Birdsong, Sugar Mag, and Morning Dew

The C.C. Rider is also quite good.


Yeah, I had good seats too, albeit in front of Phil, but Jerry didn't look bad to me and I never saw him lean on anything either.

Regarding the first set, he sure seemed on top of his game for Row Jimmy and Birdsong--these are two of my favorite versions of those songs. C.C. Rider is very good too. People that like Looks Like Rain seem to like this version.

I don't recall Jerry looking ill or anything in the second set. My recollection is that the second set was a bit on the unexceptional side for the most part, but that they got it working much better for Morning Dew and most especially for Sugar Magnolia.

Although I don't think the second set quite reached the height they did the first set in Row Jimmy and Birdsong, there certainly wasn't anything wrong with Morning Dew and Sugar Magnolia -- two very, very solid versions.

I do recall hearing about the show about a week earlier -- at a ski resort at high altitude. Recall hearing it was one of their few true stinker shows. Don't know if it was the altitude or what. Or maybe he was sick with a cold, sinus infection, or something through this stretch. This show (8/30/85) was one of the shorter shows I ever saw-- actually it was the shortest by quite a bit.

But, Houston in the summer is really hot and really humid. I'd have been slapping whoever booked an outside show in the summer in Houston, although I found it to be a delightful venue.

Plus, the "your ticket gets you into Astroworld free" part was great. I had friends come from out of town and we had a great time. There were a lot of shell-shocked parents and grandparents with little kids. Probably the only day Astroworld ever had where at times a majority of the people waiting in line for a ride were doing one-hitters. We were cracking up -- "have a feeling they aren't going to be trying this again in the future . . . " Oh well, I know their beer garden made a mint on us alone.
Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2012
Subject: wrong
I do not know where these people were at this show but Jerry NEVER leaned on his amp. I was 5 feet from phils side of stage and clear veiw although dancing. so did not watch entire night.

But looked as fine as Jerry ever looked
Reviewer: mkravetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2010
Subject: First show - first comment
This was my first of a mere two shows. A special night, which I never tire of listening to. I was with my then and still best friend (his only show) and the tie-dye, window pane, and everything got to me right away, and I connected for the first time with the romanticized view I had been carrying about the 60's. Since then, this music inspires me everyday to be a better person, even or particularily the dark songs. I just wanted to say that reading the archive personal experiences, and listening and downloading the music has given me fulfilment beyond words. Thank you to all the tapers and musical engineers who've make this archive possible.
Reviewer: verylazylightning - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2007
Subject: Things aren;t always what they seem
Jerry looked to be at death's door during this
period; he probably would have been accepted at
any mortuary without a second's thought. The
numerous comments about the eerie green cast
of his skin in the 84-85 period are no exaggeration.
Yet, in contrast to the quality of his playing
during later periods when ill-health and addiction severely affected him, he was often
in top form creatively and technically during
this time.
We can't judge the book by its cover. Erase
his ghoulish and swollen image from your mind
and re-consider this show on its musical merits
exclusively. Suddenly, it's a competent and
enjoyable effort,a little light on the Jerry
but a real whizzer for Boy Wonder Bob.
Four stars and a big thumbs up for recording
Reviewer: jackerowe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2007
Subject: Fun at Wallyworld
What a fun show and the WallyWorld atmosphere was a trip with chemical help or not.
Reviewer: TwinD - favoritefavorite - January 15, 2006
Subject: yup, as others
I was in something like the third row right in front of Jerry. Not a pretty sight at all. Heat? Stage jitters? Too high? All of the above? Don't know, but I was certainly close enough to see that for most of the second set things weren't right with him. Morning Dew was pretty good, though.
Reviewer: Purple Gel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2005
Subject: Great Show,
Its hard to believe that I was at the same show as Jazzman.{Maybe it was the purple gels :)- }. It just goes to show how people experience things in different ways. For me this show was one of the most fun shows ever. The amphitheater is in the Astroworld Amusement park, meaning that the ticket got you in the park. It was quite an experience seein Deadheads lined up for the roller coasters and the other rides. ( I'll never forget my friend Howie, handing out doses on the way up to the first drop of the roller coaster sayin "Going Up??") This Show had a carnival atmosphere. Unlike Compton Terrace where the amphitheater sloped down from the amusement park, This amphitheater had its stage set up with the park and roller coaster behind it. So you got all the flashing lights behind the stage, and in between songs you could hear the screams of people on the roller coasters and the carnival, calliope music.
It had rained all day and was at least 100 degrees that night, so the humidity was close to 100%. Everyone and everything was dripping, which made it all the more surreal. the Full moon was rising as the Dead opened with an inspired Jack Straw>Row Jimmy, the Bird song is unique as well with bird chirping throughout. The second set, while well played was a tad short, due to the humidity and heat I think, and it was disappointing to see the band go into drums after Samson& delilah. However, after drums is totally inspired. Jerry starts Wheel, but phil seems to jump in and overpowers with the Gimme some lovin intro,and a very strong version with a sweet Wheel >Other one, capped off by a truly great DEW, with a Sugar Mag encore. Although I personally believe that '81 - '82 were the best post Donna/Keith years, 85 is pretty damn good as well in this Deadhead's humble opinion. I loved this show!!!
Reviewer: Bzl - favoritefavorite - September 28, 2005
Subject: Jazzman's got it
Pre-drums was one of my most nightmarish GD segments. Jerry looked like he was gonna keel over right on stage. I remember him almost falling over after the Scarlet, literally leaning against his amp to prop himself up, unable to play. Somehow he managed to rally for the Dew, but it was not a pretty sight. Decent first set.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2005
Subject: I would love
to go get bored at this show this weekend. Carnival dosey atmosphere in all. Gosh you were spoiled Jazzman. 85' Dead was like the 85' Bears unstopable. Dude compare that exact show with just about any show from Sept 90 on up and you'll understand how great that hot little night really was. Not that their wasn't plenty of good shows after Brent died but it just wasn't the same. Vince's casio bubble gum pop keyboarding sounded like the carnival carasoul back stage of this hard core mid 80's Dead show. Wish I was there, My first was 88 Alpine but, I caught on quick. To each ther own but, I would of loved to have been to any of those 85 shows or better yet lots of people rip on 83-84 Junkie Jerry B.S. didn't sound good yea right. He was rippin. Smokin night after night years straight of course there will be off night or songs. If he was straight as an arrow he would be off here and there. The only thing I cared about is His long term health but, I loved the sound he was producing it was heavy.
ps Row Jimmy is pretty nice.
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2005
Subject: Hey Man!! WAKE UP!!!!
This was some good times down in Houston, show was FUN. Nice Job Done By The Oade Brothers. Good times and Good Sound.
Reviewer: jazzman28 - favoritefavorite - October 21, 2004
Subject: Is it morning yet? I am sleeping. Dont bother me...
This show screams utter boredom. Great sound quality thanks to Doug. Don't waste your time downloading this one. You may want to check it out via streaming though. There were no real exceptional things to say on this one....
Craig in Sf
In Collection
Grateful Dead
In Collection
Live Music Archive
Uploaded by
Jonathan Aizen
on 10/21/2004
SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 6,817
favorite 12
comment 5
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Source: SBD > ? > CD-R obtained by Slick Willie > EAC > correction of tracking > SHN by sunspot
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 5,892
favorite 5
comment 7
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Source: Charlie Connor's Master Audience Cassettes Lineage:AUD>Nak 300's>Sony TCD5M(CM)>Nak DR-10 (Playback)>Midiman Flying Cow 24bit/48kHz A/D>RME Digi96/8>Steinberg's Wavelab 3.0 (bit resolution & resampling to CDR redbook 16/44.1>CDWav(tracking only)>SHNv3 (MK
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 40,835
favorite 13
comment 5
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Source: Oade Brothers Recording Schoeps cmc441 (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 27,878
favorite 16
comment 14
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 14 reviews )
Source: SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 4,716
favorite 3
comment 4
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Source: flac16 Oade Master -- 90 X-Y Schoeps CMC441 & 10 ft spaced Schoeps CMC42s -> custom M118 x2 -> custom Oade mixer -> Oade MOD PCM-F1 @ first row behind board
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 672
favorite 0
comment 0
Source: nak300>cp4>d5 no dolby; ots mics @12ft. pas; cass(m)>hhb830 cds 16/44.1 in 2003; cd>audacity +2.5>cdwave splits>tlh flac 8
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 842
favorite 1
comment 0
Source: Master Audience Recorded By Mr. Darby Sennheiser MD421's (PAS/DFC Behind Soundboard/6 Feet High)> Sony TC-D5M,Tape Sony Metallic; Set 2 Master Tape Broke: Sony TC-D5M>B & O 8002,Tape Maxell XLII; Transfer Information:Tascam 112 MKII (XLR Out)>Tascam HD-P2 @ 24/28> HDD>Amadeus Pro (Tracking/Fades/Flac8); Tracks Renamed/Dithered/Flacked With Korg Aqua To 16/44 By Keo; SBE's Checked/Fixed With Trader's Little Helper; Metadata Tagging With AudioGate Software By Keo
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 7,890
favorite 6
comment 7
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Source: Oade's Master Audience PCM > Schoeps CMC-441 mics > Oade M118> Sony PCM-F1 > DAT> CDR>EAC(Secure mode)>Shn(MKW ACT)
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 3,240
favorite 4
comment 2
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Source: (FOB) 2 x Sennheiser 441 > Sony D5 > Sony D5 > 2 x Maxell MX 90 (MAC)
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 15,723
favorite 17
comment 15
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 15 reviews )
Source: SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN